Camp­site duo for­got to pack for week­end

Stirling Observer - - PRIMARY ONES - Court reporter

A cou­ple caused a foul­mouthed dis­tur­bance at a camp­site in Gart­more af­ter re­al­is­ing they had for­got­ten to pack clothes for the week­end.

Grand­mother Jac­que­line Aitken (41) and her co-ac­cused An­drew Miller (38) be­haved in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner while at Coble­land Camp­site on May 5.

They were both dealt with at Stirling Sher­iff Court on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Miller was or­dered to un­der­take 60 hours of un­paid work while Aitken was fined £200.

The court heard how at around 10pm on the night of the in­ci­dent a loud ar­gu­ment broke out while the pair were in their tent.

Two on-duty camp­site as­sis­tants heard loud voices com­ing from their pitch.

Miller could be heard swear­ing at Aitken be­fore say­ing: “I’ll deal with you in the morn­ing.” The camp­ing as­sis­tants moved on and con­tin­ued with their checks.

Fis­cal de­pute Laura Knox ex­plained that the camp­ing as­sis­tants were then later con­tacted by a man who was camp­ing with his 10-year-old son around 40ft from the ac­cused.

He said he could hear shout­ing and swear­ing com­ing from their pitch and asked that some­thing be done – so the em­ploy­ees re­turned and asked that Aitken and Miller keep the noise down.

Aitken was then seen crawl­ing out of the tent be­fore say­ing that they had paid and didn’t re­alise that there was a noise pol­icy.

Miller, who was at this point sat in the car, said that his camp­ing part­ner needed to be lifted.

When one of the em­ploy­ees at­tempted to open Miller’s car door he told them: “Don’t touch my f ****** car”.

Aitken added: “Just re­mem­ber. You don’t know where I live but I know where you live.”

The shout­ing and swear­ing con­tin­ued and at around 12.40am po­lice were con­tacted. When of­fi­cers ar­rived the cou­ple were asleep so both were wo­ken, spo­ken to and de­tained.

The court heard that the duo, of Bil­s­land Close in Glas­gow, were em­bark­ing on a two-day camp­ing trip in the Stirling area.

How­ever, af­ter a night out at the pub, things started to turn sour when they re­alised that they hadn’t packed clothes or bed­ding – and they blamed each other for this.

De­fence solic­i­tor Ken Dalling, rep­re­sent­ing Miller, said: “The in­ci­dent was all over by the time the po­lice ar­rived.

“It’s not ex­actly Carry on Camp­ing – but if it was Mr Miller would be well cast in the Ken­neth Wil­liams role.

“They are both new to camp­ing and they tried to make things as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble, so they pur­chased a tent, an in­flat­able bed and even down­loaded some Net­flix videos to watch.

“They were with their 17-year-old dog, al­co­hol had been taken, the suit­case had not been packed and the in­flat­able bed was de­flat­ing.”

Mr Dalling added: “Mr Miller tried to re­move him­self from the sit­u­a­tion. As I said, it was all over by the time po­lice ar­rived.”

Sher­iff Wil­liam Gilchrist fined Aitken and placed Miller on a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der af­ter telling them: “Those work­ing at or us­ing the camp­site should not have had to put up with this be­hav­iour.”

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